JMP 13 Preview: Customer-driven Graph Builder improvements

Graph Builder is one of the most-used parts of JMP. As a result, the drag-and-drop graph creation platform receives a large number of customer requests for features and changes. The next version of JMP includes many Graph Builder improvements that directly resulted from these requests. One big example are the […]

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Exploring 30 years of car colors

Montgomery County, Maryland, publishes all traffic violations since 2013, now totaling more than 780,000 incidents. Besides the location and details of the violations, the table also contains information about the vehicles involved, such as make, model, year and color. It’s car colors that I want to explore here. Even though […]

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Graph Makeover: Bars on a log scale

Every once in a while, I run across a bar chart on a log scale, and it always feels wrong. At first glance, I compare the bar lengths and start making comparisons. But eventually, I notice the log scale on the axis and try to convince my brain to forget everything […]

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A statistical history of the Cy Young Award

“That’s all baseball is, is numbers; it’s run by numbers, averages, percentages and odds. Managers make their decision based on the numbers.” -- Rollie Fingers, 1981 AL Cy Young Award Winner The Cy Young Award has been given to the best pitcher in baseball since 1956. The American and National […]

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“Bolder” statistics with Karen Copeland

Dr. Karen Copeland will be our featured guest on Analytically Speaking on June 8. She is the owner of Boulder Statistics, a successful consultancy to a wide array of industry sectors around the world — medical device, diagnostics, chemicals, marketing, environmental, consumer and food products, pharmaceuticals, and web analytics, among […]

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Remaking a mosquito trends chart

Recreating graphs is a hobby of mine. It both helps me test the limits of JMP and sharpens my own data handling and visualization skills. This time, there was a third benefit: finding a significant data error in the published chart. I recently saw this interesting mosquito trends chart as […]

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When should programming come into play in statistics courses?

Both academically and professionally, more courses are being offered and developed to make more people comfortable with data, analysis and risk assessment. This necessitates some use of statistics, and software is pretty much a tool of the trade. Software — some new, some enhanced, some commercial and some open source […]

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Graph Builder tutorial materials

I'll be leading a pre-conference tutorial on Graph Builder at this year's Discovery Summit conference in Cary. We'll start with the basics and then walk through more advanced ways to create effective visualizations. We did a similar tutorial this spring in Amsterdam, and materials from that course are posted in the JMP […]

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Using data visualization to explore the eras of baseball

In consulting with companies about building models with their data, I always talk to them about how their data may differentiate itself over time. For instance, are there seasons in which you might expect a rise in flu cases per day, or is  there an economic environment in which you […]

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Visualizing data quality with FAA drone data

I used JMP to explore a recent FAA drone data set, inspired by a weekly data visualization challenge called 52Vis. The data set contains "reports of unmanned aircraft (UAS) sightings from pilots, citizens and law enforcement." I decided to focus on exploring the time data. I'll describe how I prepared the time […]

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